University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Edward Weems to Herbert R. Nubel Letters, 1959-1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Weems, John Edward
Title: John Edward Weems to Herbert R. Nubel Letters
Dates: 1959-1995
Abstract: John Edward “Eddie” Weems was a historian, author, and journalist. Material contains approximately 90 letters written to Herbert R. Nubel by John Edward “Eddie” Weems between 1959-1995.
Accession No.: [2008-156]
Extent: (4 inches)
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Edward “Eddie” Weems was a historian, author, and journalist. He was born in Grand Prairie, TX in 1924. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Journalism from the University of Texas in 1948 and 1949, respectively. He later received a Master of Arts degree in Library Science from Florida State University in 1954. Weems had a diverse career and served in the Navy, worked at several Texas newspapers, was an assistant professor in journalism at Baylor University, University of Alabama, and professor of English at Baylor University. Weems also had a prolific career as a writer and published many books and articles about Texas and Southwest history. Perhaps Weems’ best known work is Peary: The Explorer and the Man and is “considered to be a definitive study of the personal life of the first man to reach the North Pole,” due to Weems’ unprecedented access to Commander Robert Peary’s personal records, diaries, and letters, as well as the cooperation of Peary’s family.

Weems and Nubel met in 1958 in Austin while the both worked for the University of Texas Press. Nubel later moved to New York City and had several international assignments, however, the friends corresponded for almost forty years. John Edward Weems died on September 22, 1999.

Biographical note prepared using information provided in Gale’s Contemporary Authors Literary Database.


Scope and Contents

Approximately 90 letters written to Herbert R. Nubel by John Edward “Eddie” Weems between 1959-1995. Many letters contain attachments including newspaper clippings, book reviews, photographs, and The Texas Institute of Letters newsletter.


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Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Weems, John Edward.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas Press.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Edward Weems to Herbert R. Nubel Letters, 1959-1995, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


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Inventory

box
2.325/F35 Letters,
1959-1969
1970-1976
1988-1989
1990-1995